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The left loves the shutdowns because they will tank the economy and give Biden the election. The left loves the mask and social distancing because it gives them control and an opportunity to call people names. The left loves this pandemic. No one really knows what to do to make this better for the country so we are left with superstition and anti-science.
Test more = find more people who have covid-19 = shutdown. Even though we don't know if the shutdown will reverse it or lack of a shutdown caused it. Had we not dramatically increased testing we would be basing our decisions on hospital admittance and deaths. We simply have no yardstick and if the governor/mayor doesn't over react and shut everything down the left harps on them like the harpies that they are. At this point it is 110% political and .0001% science.
The Covid-19 pandemic caught everyone with their pants down. No country has responded effectively to it and there may well not be an effective response. The virus is going to run it’s course with or without shutdowns, masks and social distancing. There have been some truly boneheaded mistakes, such as sending Covid-19 patients to nursing homes. But there is no evidence that any efforts taken in hopes of mitigating this virus has worked. The shutdown did slow the spread/flatten the curve. But it didn’t stop it or prevent anyone from eventually getting Covid-19. No serious doctor/scientists ever thought that it would. The disease is a highly contagious disease and it will continue to spread until we reach herd immunity. At best a shutdown merely drags out the inevitable over many months vs a few months. Is that effort worth the terrible price incurred by shutting down the economy?
But there is in fact a benefit to shutting down the economy. The Democrats have a drooling, dementia patient for a candidate and was facing a President who has given us the greatest economy in our history. They needed something, anything to give them a chance to take back the Whitehouse and then Covid-19 arrived. The Democrats need to crash the economy (remember they did this in 2008 just before the election and it worked quite well). Our leaders and medical “experts” played into their hands with the 2-4 week shutdown “just to flatten the curve and give us time to get the PPE and gear up the hospitals”. Except for NY City that shutdown seemed to have worked; it slowed the rate of infection. This set the stage for the Democrat plan to further destroy our economy. Democrat governors and mayors began the crackdown but there was resistance. The Republicans stated the obvious that we could not survive a long shutdown and many citizens rejected the shutdown and refused to comply, What could the Democrats do in face of the resistance?
The answer was the mask. The science doesn’t support the mask as effective in preventing infection. But with enough voodoo the low information voters could be convinced that the mask works and thus everyone herded into the camp of the Democrats/sheepherders. But the resistance made a logical argument that if the mask works and if you want to wear one than do it and leave the rest of us alone. So there had to be a response to that, a compelling response. And then magically the mask does not work to protect you but DOES work to keep a sick person from infecting others. Voodoo science but no one seems to notice. Why was this important? Because now not wearing the mask was selfish and the resistance was the bad guy and because people wanted to resist the voodoo science a shutdown was necessary. And just like that the Democrats herded their sheep onto their side and everyone agreed to a voodoo suicide pact to destroy the economy and our lives. If you don’t agree with them then you are selfish and should be fined and imprisoned.
How long will the voodoo continue? Two answers (two because now the voodoo has a life of it’s own): It will continue until Nov 4th. It will continue for years/decades because no there is a large percentage of the population who believe that forcing others to wear masks will keep them from getting sick. Expect masks to become a permanent part of American life.